Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

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Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Photo of Pablo the dogPhoto of Pablo the dog reading with a family





From Pablo’s Diary: Tuesday, March 29, 201

I was all smiles and wags at the library tonight. I just got back from a visit with Grammy and Grampy. I love to visit them! When I tell Gram that I want a treat, she always says, “You bet, Love!” and when I ask Gramps if he wants to play ball, he always says, “Sure thing, Sport!” They both give me lots of love and attention. It’s great! I don’t get homesick, like the poor little girl in Sparky’s Bark by Mimi Chapra, and I don’t say, “There’s no place like home” over and over like the girl with the glittery red shoes in the Wizard of  Oz. I must say that Toto is a real trooper. Still, it feels wonderful to be home again, sleep in my own bed, have my own pillow, and special blankie. Ahhh… the sweet smell of home!

Tonight three different families read How to be a Good Dog by Gail Page to me. I was starting to wonder if they might be trying to tell me something. Miss Julie reassured me and told me I was one of her star PAL dogs. I beamed! It feels so good to be appreciated.

It looked like the families had a lot of fun making the Dancing Doggie Craft. I took notes in case any other spring breakers were visiting their grandparents and didn’t get to come to the library to make one. You can make one at home, if you’d like. You’ll need:

  • One folded piece of card stock (approximately 6” x 6” each side)
  • One chopstick
  • Some masking tape
  • Crayons, colored-pencils, or markers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Two doggie pictures -- your own artwork or computer images (Make sure they are slightly different. For example: Ears up on one, down on the other, tail up on one, down on the other. Foot forward on one, backward on the other. This will create the effect of movement when spun.)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Color the doggie images.
  2. Cut them out.
  3. Glue them to the card stock (one on each side).
  4. Tape the chopstick to the middle of the card stock.
  5. Make tape loops to seal the ends of the cardstock shut (securing the chopstick between the two flaps).
  6. Hold the chopstick in the palms of your hands and rub palms together to flip doggy images back and forth. The doggie will look like he is dancing.
  7. Enjoy dancing doggie craft.

Well, I need to write a thank you note to Grammy and Grampy before I go to bed. So, if you’ll excuse me, then I’ll say goodnight now.

Happy wags,

Read Pablo’s November 10, 2010 Diary
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Read Pablo’s December 22, 2010 Diary
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Read Pablo’s March 1, 2011 Diary

Photo of Pablo the dog enjoying time with a family at the libraryCraft Project Example